Why this book?
It is eminently possible that author James Hilton modelled his Shangri-La hideaway on the Tibetan realm of Shambhala. The two fabled realms share a lot in common. There are several Tibetan versions of the legend of Shambhala, but they run in the same pattern. Somewhere to the north of India is a kingdom ringed by impenetrable snowcapped mountains. In this sanctuary, poverty, hunger, crime, and sickness are unknown, and people live a hundred years. In the city of Kalapa, there is a glittering palace where sacred teachings are kept.
In a future several hundred years from now, the world will erupt in chaotic warfare. When the last barbarian thinks he has conquered the world, the king of Shambhala will ride forth and destroy the forces of evil—and establish a new Golden Age. The legend first appeared in India and later travelled to Tibet. Tibetan guidebooks written In centuries past pointed the way to Shambhala, but were short on practical details and long on talk of obstacles on the epic journey. Edwin Bernbaum provides an English guide of sorts. The best explanation is that you can find Shambhala in your dreams: some Tibetans claim Shambhala can only be accessed in another (hidden) dimension.
Why should I read it?
What is this book about?
Investigates the myth of Shambhala, a Tibetan kingdom surrounded by mountains, where Buddhist priests preserve the best of art, literature, and science against a time when war will destroy the world